Auction FAQs

How do I bid before an auction?

You do not need to be physically present at an auction in order to bid. You may leave bids with us before the sale and we will execute them for you. There are several ways you can leave bids before an auction:

  • You can fill out the bid sheet that comes with our catalogs and mail it or fax it to us.
  • You can email us your bids.
  • You can use the online bid sheet that is available whenever a sale is active (click on “Auctions”, then “Bid Sheet” on the menu bar at the top of the screen).
  • You can leave bids on Stamp Auction Network. These bids will be downloaded periodically.
  • You can bid online on our site, which will provide you with the current status of your bids and outbid notifications.

To bid online on our site: First, you will need to log in. Logging in requires you to enter your customer number and your email address. If you do not have a customer number and would like to register with us to get one, click here.

What’s is your buyers premium?

20% but here at DFK we know our clients appreciate good values so we offer a prompt payment discount of 2% allowing our clients a 10% savings just for making a quick payment!

How can i pay my invoice?

We accept these major credit cards mc visa discover Amex as well as PayPal. Additionally clients can make wire transfers and ach transfers directly into our account.

What is an extension?

An extension is a request from the purchaser of an item to obtain a certificate of authenticity while having the auction house hold the funds from the seller. Items must be paid in full at the time of the request and must be submitted on behalf of the buyer to the appropriate expertizing service. Once the item is confirmed as genuine funds are then released to the consignor or in the event of a negative opinion funds are immediately refunded to the buyer.

What are the types of auctions?

WEB/INTERNET SALES.

These are like mail sales, except the catalog as such is online only. If you want a printed catalog, our “Print on Demand” feature is available, whereby you can print any or all items, images and descriptions within a sale, from our web site.

To subscribe to our printed catalogs, click here. Our catalogs are lavishly illustrated in full color, with detailed descriptions of each lot. You will find them an excellent permanent reference.

Detailed descriptions and photos of the lots in every sale are also posted online, in a fully searchable format. Older sales are thus available for reference.
To browse our public auctions online, click here.

To browse our mail sales and internet auctions, click here.

Sales in all our auctions are subject to our terms and conditions, which are printed in each catalog and are also available for viewing online. Please note that a buyer’s premium is charged for each lot, and buyers are subject to the appropriate sales tax (and shipping charges, if the lots are not picked up).

To see terms and conditions for public auctions, first select the sale you are interested in (because terms of sale vary from sale to sale), then on the “Bidding” menu, there will be a link to see the terms of sale.

To see terms and conditions for mail sales and web/internet sales, click here.

Viewing the lots: Lots are normally available for viewing in our offices, by appointment, for several days to a week before each auction. Postal viewing may also be available. For public auctions, a published viewing schedule will be available. In the case of a show auction, lots are typically on view at our booth or auction room at the show. We cordially invite you to come and view.

Can I bid before an auction?

You do not need to be physically present at an auction in order to bid. You may leave bids with us before the sale and we will execute them for you.

There are several ways you can leave bids before an auction:

  • You can fill out the bid sheet that comes with our catalogs and mail it or fax it to us.
  • You can email us your bids.
  • You can use the online bid sheet that is available whenever a sale is active (click on “Auctions”, then “Bid Sheet” on the menu bar at the top of the screen).
  • You can leave bids on Stamp Auction Network. These bids will be downloaded periodically.
  • You can bid online on our site, which will provide you with the current status of your bids and outbid notifications.

How to bid during an auction (public auctions only):

  • You are welcome to come to the auction and bid in person.
  • For some auctions, phone bidding may be available. If it is, you will need to make arrangements with us well in advance of the sale. Please call our office at 203.297.6056.
  • You can give your bids to a professional agent, who will bid for you during the auction. To see a list of recommended agents, click here.
  • You can bid live during the sale via Stamp Auction Network. You will need to register and be approved for bidding well in advance (at least two days prior to the sale).

If you have never been to an auction before, we invite you to come. You will find it an interesting and even entertaining experience.

The auction normally proceeds in the order shown in our printed and online catalogs. When the auctioneer opens bidding on a given lot, he will call out the “opening bid”. This is the current bid for the lot. It takes into account all pre-sale bids, as well as any reserve prices (if there are any).

The opening bid is not necessarily the high bid. An example: imagine a lot estimated at perhaps $1000. Two bidders are each avidly interested in the lot and have left bids of $3000 and $1200 respectively. The opening bid in this case would be $1300 (one increment above the second high bid). However if someone on the auction floor bids, the auctioneer will continue to bid for the pre-sale bidder until the floor bid exceeds the $3000 pre-sale bid.

When you appear at one of our auctions, you will be given a paddle with your bidder number on it (your “paddle number”). Simply raise your bidder’s paddle whenever you wish to bid on a lot, and keep the paddle raised until you either are awarded the lot, or the bidding exceeds what you wish to pay. It is not at all difficult – just pay attention, as bidding can sometimes move quite rapidly!

A large projector screen will usually be present in the auction room, showing the current lot number and bid, as well as a brief description of the lot and possibly a photo of the lot as well – all of which should make it easy for you to determine where the bidding is at. In addition, please feel free to ask questions of the auctioneer, and there will be numerous staff members present at the auction to assist you with any questions or requests you may have.

Priority of Bidding:

Bids left before the sale have priority over floor bidding during the sale (in the case of a public auction). In the case of tie bids, the earliest bid wins.

Prices Realized:

For all our auctions, the prices that the lots sold for will normally be posted on our web site shortly after the auction is concluded, but after we have had enough time to double-check the data. Prices realized will appear under each lot description, and there will also be a printable list. We invite you to check our web site after each auction.

What are the bidding increments?

  • Bidding shall proceed in accordance with the following schedule:
    Up to $50.00; Increase by $5.00
    Over $50 to $200; Increase by $10
    Over $200 to $500; Increase by $25
    Over $500 to $1,000; Increase by $50
    Over $1,000 to $3,000; Increase by $100
    Over $3,000 to $7,500; Increase by $250
    Over $7,500 to $15,000; Increase by $500
    Over $15,000 to $30,000; Increase by $2,500
    Over $30,000 to $70,000; Increase by $2,500
    Over $70,000 to $130,000; Increase by $5,000
    Over $130,000 at discretion of auctioneer

How to pay for purchases:

We accept cash, checks (drawn on American banks), money orders, bank transfers, credit cards and PayPal. Payment must be made in U.S. dollars. Credit card payments may be made via our secure online site. For public auctions, invoices are available during intermissions and at the conclusion of each day’s sale. Invoices will be sent via email (generally within two days of the conclusion of an auction) to all bidders whose email addresses are registered with us. Printed invoices will be mailed to all others.

Recommended Auction Agents

FRANK MANDEL

P.O. Box 157
New York, NY 10014
Tel: 212-675-0819
Fax: 212-366-6462
busybird1@me.com

PURSER AND ASSOCIATES

P.O. Box 369
Bronxville, NY 10708
Tel: 857-928-5140
Fax: 781-658-2567
info@pursers.com

TREVOR CHINERY

United Kingdom
New Your, NY 10014
Tel: 01205-330026
Fax: 01572-813226
trevortrilogy@aol.com

LORENZ KIRCHHEIM GBR

Op de Höh 21
D – 22395 Hamburg
Tel: 040-645-322-41
lorenz.kirchheim@t-online.de

CHARLES E. CWIAKALA

1527 S. Fairview Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068-5211
Tel./Fax: 847-823-8747
CECwiakala@aol.com

JOCHEN HEDDERGOTT

Bauerstrasse 9 D-8000
Miinchen 40 Germany
Tel: 089-272-1683
Fax: 089-272-1685
mail@philagent.com

NICK MARTIN

LoveAuctions
United Kingdom
Tel: 01-20546-0968
Cell: 0770 376-6477
nick@loveauctions.co.uk

JEAN LANCASTER

United Kingdom
Tel: 020-8547-1220
Fax: 020-8547-3739
jean.lancaster@lineone.net

Bid Live at www.StampAuctionNetwork.com

Or call us for phone bidding at 203-830-2500

Symbols Used

Bidding shall proceed in accordance with the following schedule:
Mint Never Hinged

 Mint with Gum

() Unused, No Gum/Regummed

R Reprint

P Proof

o.g. Original G

 Cover

 Used

S Specimen

E Essay

 Piece

 Block

NYFM New York Foreign Mail

TC Trial Color Proof

SL Straight Line

MS Manuscript

Grading and Condition

Superb

Extraordinary item in the finest condition

Extremely Fine

Outstanding and exceptional quality

Fine-Very Fine (F-VF)

Stamp and/or cover in sound condition; if a stamp, it is less well-centered than Very Fine but better centered than Fine.

Fine

Sound in all aspects. Perforated stamps will have the perforations clear of the design; the designs of imperforate stamps will not be cut into to any significant degree.

Very Good (VG)

Imperfect centering (stamps) or poor general appearance.

Covers & Cancels

Minor imperfections, including but not limited to nicks, edge or flap tears or slight reductions are normal conditions for 19th-century envelopes that have been postally transmitted. Folded letters would have at least one file fold. Acceptable forms of conservation include light cleaning and edge mending. Covers may have an ordinary stamp with a minor defect. The above exist on most 19th-century covers and are not always described and are therefore not grounds for return.

Catalog Values

Unless otherwise noted, the currently available Scott Catalog values (2018 edition) are quoted in U.S. dollars and rounded to the nearest dollar. Other catalogues are often used for foreign countries or specialized areas as required.

Collection Lots and Condition

Please note that ALL collection lots are sold on an “as-is” basis and are therefore not returnable for any reason. Every attempt has been made to provide an accurate description, and images for most are available on our website. Most collection lots will contain stamps/ covers with varying degrees of imperfections/faults. We strongly suggest that lots of interest be viewed in advance of the sale. Please also note that late payment for purchases may, at Daniel F. Kelleher’s option, be considered just cause to revoke all return privileges

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